Q: How do I park a car properly for safety?

asked by on

How do I park a car properly for safety?

While all it really takes to park your car is to stop and put your transmission in park, you need to ensure that you’re parking safely. Incorrect parking can lead to a number of problems, including additional wear on the transmission, and even accidents if the parking brake isn’t set and your car rolls on an incline. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Always use the parking brake, even if you’re not parking on a hill. The parking brake should be set firmly, pulled all the way up. Drivers with automatic transmissions should engage the parking brake prior to putting the car in park.

  2. Never park over dry, flammable materials (leaves, grass, papers, etc.). The catalytic converter and exhaust system on your car get very hot and can ignite these.

  3. If you drive a stick shift, put the car in first gear and engage the parking brake.

  4. If parking uphill, make sure your wheels are turned away from the curb, not toward it. This ensures that if it rolls, it will turn into the curb and possibly stop.

  5. If parking downhill, make sure your wheels are turned towards the curb, not away from it. This ensures that if it rolls, it will turn into the curb and possibly stop.

  6. Double check that your windows and moon roof are completely closed.

  7. Lock your doors and verify that the alarm system is engaged.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. How do I park a car properly for safety?

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Q: How do I lock a door without a key?

Each of the doors can be locked from the inside of the vehicle, without the use of a key. To do so, push the lock tab (located directly above each door handle) forward, until it shifts into place. If the...

Q: Problems with the steering after replacing tires and alignment

The steering drag link, idler arm, and tie rods should be checked to see if the joints are worn out and needs to be replaced. The steering shock should also be checked to see if it is still good, worn,...

Q: MASTER RELAY switch

Hello. There is a large (by comparison to other vehicle relays) relay under the dashboard next to where the dash curves under and meets where you pedals tie in. You will have to remove its mounting screws and unplug the...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.